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The Baths Museum

By pamelajean
Back to Spain again, to Alhama De Murcia, where I heard that in 2005 a museum and gardens were created to conserve and protect the remains of some Roman Thermal Baths, and set out with my tripod.
I don't usually subject you to a lot of reading, but you might be interested in its history, Alhama's heritage, now known as El Museo Arqueologico Los Banos. This thermal spring complex was declared a national historic-artistic monument in 1983.
It was built at the foot of the castle in the 1st century, using the thermal mineral-enriched waters that flowed through the rocks there. Massage, exercise, bathing and chatting were the Romans' favourite leisure activities. There are 2 separate areas, medicinal and recreational, with separate spaces for each sex. Each room was a different temperature and the pool was heated by ovens.
The Arabs made these The Islamic Baths, for purification rituals before prayer, relaxing and meeting friends. The name Alhama comes from "Hamma" in Arab language, meaning bath of thermal springs.
A large luxury Hotel and Spa Complex was built there in 1848, re-using the Roman remains, in the golden age of thermal spas, but this came to an abrupt end in the 1930's and the hotel was demolished in 1972.
Opposite the museum is the Iglesia de San Lazaro (church), for centuries a site of pilgrimage for those seeking the blessing of the curative waters of the baths next door.
I offer you 6 images in an attempt to give you the atmosphere of the place, and in V6 you see an actual bath.

Tags: Spain Roman Museum Architecture Archaeology Los Banos Thermal baths Alhama De Murcia

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tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2011 7:21PM
What a very interesting narrative Sylvia...and images to matchGrin


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27 Mar 2011 7:24PM
Super set of images Pamela, all show excellent detail,
Herge88 Plus
9 40 4 England
27 Mar 2011 7:43PM
A very well exposed set of images here.

Best Matt
bunbeam 11 2 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2011 7:56PM
wonderful set of captures... lovely light on them all..
thanks for the message.... we`re ok just been getting back on track
bun xx Smile
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
27 Mar 2011 8:35PM
A fine set of reportage images Pamela - there is a lot to like about V5 - my fav.
Alvar 9 23 2 France
27 Mar 2011 8:37PM
Superb series and great narrative Pamela.
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
27 Mar 2011 8:53PM
A really interesting set.

mrswoolybill Plus
9 986 1500 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2011 9:44PM
A cool, calm interior, protected from the intense sun outside. England doesn't get interiors like this for some reason...
woolybill1 Plus
10 22 68 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2011 9:45PM
Unmistakably Roman despite (or because of) the use of local materials. Very good use of the available light, excellent angles (V3 and V6 especially pleasing) and excellent detail. The historical info. is fascinating.
susanbarton 8 11 1 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2011 10:22PM
Wonderful detal and beautiful coulors

xwang 7 55 8
27 Mar 2011 10:47PM
Beautiful set, especially love the light and the 'texture' of the bricksSmile
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
27 Mar 2011 11:53PM
A lovely set of images. ............Sandy
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
28 Mar 2011 12:01AM
I do like to see a nice bit of coloured textured stonewok and some excellent examples here Pamela.
And nice to still see the actual bath still in place,and isn't it a deep one !!
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
28 Mar 2011 1:14AM
Wonderful reportage set, but also love in an astistic sense-- the color and texture is superb!
TyChee Plus
11 275 1 United States
28 Mar 2011 1:42AM
Excellent set of shots. I love the warm glow of the bricks.
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
28 Mar 2011 5:29AM
A good serie

CarolG Plus
9 196 19 Greece
28 Mar 2011 6:10AM
Wonderful warm colours and textures, Pamela, a great series. Carol
Ray42 8 3 England
28 Mar 2011 7:21AM
An interesting and well taken set with an excellent narrativeSmile
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2011 2:04PM
You certainly have shown the atmosphere here Pamela,
wonderful set and beautifully written up
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
28 Mar 2011 2:36PM
A wonderful set Pamela, superb tones and textures, like the write up too,
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
28 Mar 2011 4:08PM
A super set of images, Pamela, and excellent write-up, too Smile
Trev Smile
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1834 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2011 4:33PM
Thankyou so much for your votes and favourable comments, and for reading my narrative too.
I think I was lucky that they had lit this place sympathetically, and that there was also some light from the overhead holes in the ceilings, which they used to control the temperature.
imagio 10 12 1 England
28 Mar 2011 8:01PM
Great comps/colour/detail/textures and exposure Pamela

morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2011 8:31PM
Wonderful set of images, all beautifully captured and presented, fascinating write up too.

helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2011 9:54PM
Fascinating place - some excellent detail and tones here Pamela
PaulLiley 7 2 13 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2011 10:21PM
Great set spot on exposure and intersting write up. Paul
Suehh 9 39 6 England
28 Mar 2011 11:50PM
Beautiful shots - especially, for me, V3. The tones are glorious as is the light. Very interesting narrative too Pamela.

cassiecat 8 39 46 England
29 Mar 2011 8:30PM
like the warm colour and the glow, v3 then 1 are my favs.lesley
NeilWigan Plus
6 13 15 England
29 Mar 2011 8:48PM
good set of shots v3 for the tones and light .well recorded.
dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2011 8:19AM
interesting write up Pam. Nicely taken image with good lighting and detail.
wolfy 12 36 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2011 2:55PM
Excellent set of shots Pamela, and good words too..interesting indeed!
TelStar 11 116 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2011 9:34AM
Great set. Love V2.

EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
31 Mar 2011 4:03PM
Greatly enjoyed this mini tour and the interesting info you supplied too. For me it has to be V1 which is lit so perfectly and has such wonderful detail and texture.

Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
2 Apr 2011 7:55PM
A fascinating set of images Pamela, the detail in the stonework is highly impressive.
Quote:What a very interesting narrative Sylvia...and images to matchGrin


I fear that Tomcat has been on the cheap lager again as his memory has gone to pot!Wink
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
3 Apr 2011 11:22AM
Beautiful series Pamela.
franfoto 9 2 32 England
7 Apr 2011 3:58PM
Fantastic rustic detail and lighting in all 6 shots, pin sharp focussing and an extremely interesting history, cant chose a favourite, I enjoyed all of them.

13 Apr 2011 1:40PM
Wonderful set, each worthy on it's own.
Paree 11 616 3
3 Jun 2011 9:39PM
l like them all equally.
i have just got home from Spain,
a beautiful country

paree Grin
nicktg Plus
8 24 1 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2011 6:50PM
THese are the exact tiles my wife wants in the kitchen Grin

What can I tell the master ( doesn't sound so kinky as Mistress !) I've really enjoyed looking through your set Pamela.

Más bellas
Great set Pamela.GrinGrin


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